Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso
A senior research fellow of the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has stated that Ghana is practicing democracy but lacks good governance.
Dr. Antwi-Danso implied that Ghana?s budget deficiencies were pervasive for which reason the nation?s economic transformation is not prudent.
He also observed that the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have over the years tolerated substantial corruption.
He has, therefore, challenged policy makers to be responsible and accountable in their stewardship to move the country forward.
Dr. Antwi-Danso raised these concerns at a round table discussion in Accra where he presented a paper on the topic, ?Ghana?s efforts at promoting good governance through the institutionalization of transparency.?
He demanded explanations to circumstances that necessitated the overspending of budgetary allocations by some ministries.
On media reportage, Dr. Antwi-Danso implored the Ghanaian media to be circumspect in reporting on matters of national concern by avoiding sensationalism.
He regretted that some Journalists have cultivated the habit of misrepresenting facts thereby subjecting their sources to public ridicule.
?The best way to promote good governance through the institutionalization of transparency is when the media desist from sensational reportage on issues of national concern.?
He emphasized that Ghana needed good governance to consolidate her democracy.
Presenting a paper on ?Ghana?s efforts at promoting human rights and right to development?, Ghana?s Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Joseph Whittal called for the fair distribution of income to promote the development of the underprivileged in society.
He said: ?One of Ghana?s human right violations is inadequate allocation of income to the vulnerable in society.?
According to him, there has been widespread of atrocities unleashed on people living in mining communities by illegal miners and attributed the situation to lack of political goodwill to place issues of human rights on the national agenda.
Speaking on the topic, ?Ghana?s national efforts at the domestication of the African Unions Economic agenda?, a former Director for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission, Fredrick Alipui charged African leaders to rededicate themselves to improve Africa?s economic transformation.
He described Pan-Africanism as a doctrine which African leaders should emotionally commit themselves to it by allocating enough resources towards its implementation.
Mr. Alipui further called for the liberation of African markets, which he noted, has been exploited by foreigners.
He suggested that the ECOWAS sub-region should have free markets in line with the Vision 2020 to make the economic emancipation of Africa a reality.
The roundtable discussion was under the auspices of.the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
It was the first of three of such series, which formed part of activities lined up to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity and by extension the African Union.